A list of things which helped us stay sane while stuck at home:
1- Meal Kits. Yes, grocery delivery is great but I went a step further and used Sun Basket for 2 weeks just to take ALL the work out of meal planning. The kids actually liked most of the meals and Annabel in particular enjoyed doing some of the prep. (Note: Sun Basket was previously a podcast sponsor, but these were kits I bought on my own; this mention is non-sponsored, as is the rest of this post).
2- Settlers of Catan. The big kids are currently obsessed with this game. Unfortunately G is about 3-4 years away from being able to join in, so only one parent can play with the two big kids at a time — usually Josh but I have on occasion and it’s actually pretty fun! Great to have kids at a stage where playing a game does not have to be mind-numbing.
(Random aside: Josh has offered $100 to any kid who legitimately beats him in chess. It has not happened yet. I never learned how to play chess and honestly have no interest so I will be staying out of this battle but A&C seem motivated.)
3- Sidewalk chalk, We went through two boxes of it. Worth every $.
4- Bubbles! I ordered a bubble wand set and pack of giant bubbles and this was a fun outdoor Q activity as well. Unfortunately the biggest (and most coveted) want broke already but it was like $3 so I guess I can replace it.
5- Screen time. I mean, let’s be real. Usually we tried to hold off until 1pm (or last week when there was school, until after school). Annabel will now help Genevieve play her first iPad game (“Panda game”). I never would have allowed 3 yr old A or C play but . . . eh. They weren’t 3 during a pandemic.
Other random shout-out of the day:
When I asked previously about meal planning resources, some of you mentioned How Sweet Eats. She recently had a post of 20 soups that has me wanting to make ALL of them, and released 32 weeks of free meal plan ideas (!). Her recipes seem like they hit a nice balance between reasonably healthy and delicious though admittedly I haven’t tried any yet!
I think I am going to include one of her soups on our weekly menu until springtime. (Not that it’s REALLY soup weather here all that often, but whatever!)
PS: Yes I’m relieved to report I’m feeling much better today! Hopefully no more waxes + wanes!? I am actually cleared to get my 2nd vaccine dose today (!) and then hopefully life will approach some sort of reasonable rhythm again soon.